Review! The River Way Home by Mary E. Dawson

8 Sep

riverwayThe River Way Home: The Adventures of the Cowboy, the Indian, & the Amazon Queen
by Mary E. Dawson
338 pages – ages 12+
Published by WRB Publishing; 1 edition on December 31, 2013 (ebook)
Published by AQ Press; AQ Press edition on March 12, 2014 (paperback)

Summary – It was the year 1914, and Queenie (an African-American girl) never could have imagined how running into a white fishboy (Billy) and a Seminole Indian (the Chief was his nickname) would change her life. But change it they did. It all started out with a simple boat ride onto a lake. It turned into an all-out adventure! From running from an outlaw to getting struck by lighting, join the tale of 3 unlikely friends on an adventure through the Everglades!

What I thought – Historical fiction is a favorite of mine and this book did not disappoint! It is chock-full of action, history, and excitement! Queenie is a great main character, and she sounds like someone that I would love to go on an adventure with. I like how Ms. Dawson teaches her readers about the Everglades and the time period while wrapping a great story around it. I also like how she works in the Odyssey, the Iliad, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Seminole Legends, and more, into her story, while making it all sound good and come together. I would read another book by Ms. Dawson!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms.fivebooks

Check out the awards his book had received –

2013 Best Florida Fiction from the Florida Authors & Publishers Association
2013 Best Florida Young Adult Book from the Florida Authors & Publishers Association
2014 James J. Horgan Award Winner from the Florida Historical Society

To learn more about this book and Ms. Dawson, please visit her website HERE.

Follow Ms. Dawson on Twitter HERE.

 

19 Responses to “Review! The River Way Home by Mary E. Dawson”

  1. stanleyandkatrina September 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    This sounds like quite a medley of topics. It is great to know you enjoyed it. Another one on the TBR list. 🙂

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  2. Robyn Campbell September 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    I can see why you liked it. It’s right up my alley too. Hmm. I guess I owe you a doughnut for this. 🙂

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

      I’m not sure why, but I can’t turn down a donut! 😉 Thank you Ms. Campbell! 🙂

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  3. Gayle H. Swift (@GayleHSwift) September 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    I’ve read this book and it is excellent, a real page turner. I’ve recommended it to several people and they’ve all agreed!

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  4. Patricia Tilton September 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Awesome! I love historical fiction. This was sounds packed with adventure.

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  5. readingwithrhythm September 8, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    I like a girl named Queenie! The book sounds great!

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  6. Darlene September 9, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    Sounds like a great read with many elements I enjoy.

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  7. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books September 9, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    I love historical fiction. And this sounds really exciting.

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  8. LovableLobo September 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Sounds intriguing. Great review, SuperKid!

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  9. KidLitReviews September 12, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Wow, this sounds terrific. I’ve always had loads of respect for the Everglades. I’ll have to find this one and read why.

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  10. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    I’ve always loved historical fiction, but haven’t read one for quite awhile now. Will be on the lookout for this one.

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